Meal times can be dangerous for nursing home residents that require more attentive care. Employees at many facilities, especially those that operate for profit and are understaffed, simply dish out trays of food without monitoring residents’ consumption. This inattentiveness results in malnutrition and dehydration, and often serious choking incidents. There have been numerous reports of deaths due to choking at nursing home facilities, nearly all of which resulted from staff negligence.

Seniors who have suffered strokes or have other neurological conditions often have limited mouth and throat muscle function. Those taking muscle relaxants and inflicted with neurodegenerative diseases also pose a very high risk of choking. Unique care must be tailored to meet the needs of these residents whenever they consume food. Nursing homes with overworked or inadequate staff may ignore the needs of these patients, which results in fatal accidents. Choking causes severe brain injury, medical complications, and is one of the leading causes of death in nursing homes.

While many instances of choking may appear accidental, it is possible to determine whether the nursing home staff was at fault. Negligence may occur before the incident occurs, during, or after, whenever employees fail to act efficiently and accordingly. Cases of clogged or damaged breathing tubes are often the result of elder neglect. Suffocation of this type is entirely preventable. Having suffered injuries as a result of nursing home negligence in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long-term care. I have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and I will fight for you!!!

I am honored to protect and fight for victims of nursing home negligence. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, I understand firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for injuries resulting from nursing home negligence. On many occasions I find that nursing home negligence victims many times are left with more severe emotional and physical injuries then victims of other types of negligence and are also often times left with more permanent physical and emotional incapacitating injuries. Me and my team of experienced nursing home negligence lawyers will fight for you!

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If you know that your loved one requires constant assistance during meals, or runs the risk of clogged breathing tubes, ensure that their care plan is tailored to meet these needs. Even measures such as cutting up food into small bites or only consuming soft foods may be taken to prevent choking. Make sure that the risk potential is known to the nursing home staff.

If you or a loved one suffered any type of injury or distress from choking, clogged breathing tubes, or failure to safely care for those with respiratory problems, contact me at (312) 888-8000.


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